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Village of Indiantown partners with SLWA to enhance utility services

INDIANTOWN — The Village of Indiantown has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to enhance services and provide optional repair plans to resident homeowners. The National …

SFWMD prepared for potential heavy rainfall over weekend

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is prepared for potentially heavy rain from a tropical weather system forecast to pass over the southern portion of the state this weekend.

Indiantown officials encourages community to learn more about and engage with local government

Florida City Government Week is celebrated October 19 - 25

Indiantown Village Council to meet Tuesday, Oct. 22

A Village of Indiantown virtual regular council meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Display your address! It’s the law!

Whether mail is delivered to your home or you use a post office box, your address must be clearly posted on your property.
Schools

Life in space – UF/IFAS faculty awarded three grants for further exploration

The NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program recently announced 18 grants that will advance our understanding of how living systems respond to life in space.

IRSC adds Cyber Security Upskill Certificate for fall; classes start Oct. 14

Indian River State College (IRSC) has expanded its Upskill/Reskill offerings to include the in-demand field of cyber security, allowing students to earn this valuable certification in as little as eight weeks. Courses for this certification are completely online and begin Oct. 14.

Bank of America charitable foundation grants IRSC $20K to support area small businesses

The Indian River State College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to bolster professional consulting for emerging and growth businesses through the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC).
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Government
State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).
On Oct. 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
An update on the COVID-19 pandemic will top the agenda at the Oct. 8 regular meeting of the Indiantown Village Council.
Election

Voting under way in Florida

Floridians turned out in record numbers for the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday. According to state election officials, more than 350,000 Floridians cast their ballots on Monday, when …

Amendments affect homestead exemptions and other amendments

On the November ballot, Floridians will vote on two amendments that would make changes to special exemptions to property taxes on homestead properties and one amendment that would make it more …

Amendments proposed to Florida Constitution

A one-word edit to Florida’s voting laws, a hike in the minimum wage and a major change to primary elections for state races are among the amendments proposed to Florida’s Constitution this year.
Opinion
Artificial intelligence revolution comes to cattle country

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) on ranches and dairy farms represents tremendous potential to benefit the Florida cattle industry.

Tear off that mask!

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Nation & World
Jen Cox poses for a photo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, after voting early at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. The arena, where the NBA's Atlanta Hawks play, is one of many professional sports venues around the country that has opened its doors for voting or other election-related activities. With dozens of voting machines and ample space for social distancing, they provide a safe and efficient way to vote during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

ATLANTA (AP) — With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into …
CORRECTS DAY OF DEATH TO TUESDAY, OCT. 20 INSTEAD OF MONDAY, OCT. 19 - FILE - In this Friday, June 29, 2007, file photo, James Randi is shown in front of a poster at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation announced its founder died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 92. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation …

Protest arrests show regular Americans, not urban antifa

The judge was incredulous as a federal prosecutor pushed to keep a 25-year-old man behind bars until his trial on a charge of having a Molotov cocktail at a protest in May.

What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

What are the treatment options for COVID-19? There are several, and which one is best depends on how sick someone is.

Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction

Two guitars owned, played and partly designed by the late Eddie Van Halen will be going up for auction.

2020 Watch: Is debate Trump's last chance to save himself?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on : Days to general election: 15 Days to next scheduled presidential debate: 3 ___ THE …
State
In the battle against PFD, UF/IFAS scientists have developed the Citrus Advisory System (CAS), which sends web-based alerts to citrus farmers via mobile devices.

A cellphone alert tells citrus growers when to spray for a disease

In the battle against PFD, UF/IFAS scientists have developed the Citrus Advisory System (CAS), which sends web-based alerts to citrus farmers via mobile devices.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning in Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever.
The Tampa Bay Rays celebrates their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Ray beat the Dodgers 6-4.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night

The World Series drew a record-low audience of television viewers for the second straight night.
Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Randy and the Rays finally a group effort in World Series

Randy Arozarena was a one-man show getting the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series. Big swings, bat flips, bustin' moves — he did it all — and his fast hands and fanciful feet didn't need much …